School and Ranking Information
Only two schools offer degrees in fashion design within 25 miles of Houston, TX. Based on number of programs available and tuition costs, the following school is the top pick for fashion design programs in the area.
- Winner: Houston Community College offers fashion design programs in the Houston, TX, area. The school offers one associate's degree program and two specialized certificate programs related to fashion design.
School Info Chart
|Category||Houston Community College|
|School Type||2-year; public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $1,630 (in-district); $3,358 (in-state); $3,754 (out-of-state)*|
|Fashion Design Degrees Offered||Certificate; Associate's|
|Fashion Design Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||34*|
|Most Popular Fashion Design Degree Level in 2013||Associate's*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||11%**|
|Noteworthy||The National Council of Instructional Administrators gave the fashion design program the Exemplary Program Award**|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Houston Community College
Houston Community College
- The patternmaking program includes a 3-credit internship
- All certificate courses can apply towards the associate's degree in fashion design
- Students have access to a historical fashion collection, which houses over 5,000 historical garments and accessories
Houston Community College's student population tops 65,000 individuals per year. Its main campus is located right in Houston, although it has several satellite campuses as well. The school offers both academic and vocational associate's degree and certificate programs.
The 2-year Associate of Science in Fashion Design program aims to provide students with the necessary skills to find an entry-level position in the field of apparel design. Courses cover topics such as fashion trends, fashion sketching, constructing garments, couture dressmaking and custom patterning.
The 20-credit Men's Tailoring and Alterations Certificate is specifically designed for students interested in becoming professional tailors. Students learn the basics of alterations, men's tailoring, textiles, apparel computer systems and ready-to-wear construction. The 32-credit-hour patternmaking program covers all aspects of garment patterning. It includes courses such as art for fashion, flat pattern design, pattern grading, custom patterns and draping.